Selected Publications

Kubota, R. (in press). The multi/plural turn, postcolonial theory, and neoliberal multiculturalism: Complicities and implications for applied linguistics. Applied Linguistics. Doi:10.1093/applin/amu045

Kubota, R. (2015). Race and language learning in multicultural Canada: Toward critical antiracism. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 36, 3-12.

Kubota, R. (2014). "We must look at both sides"--but denial of genocide too?: Difficult moments on controversial issues in the classroom. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 11, 225-251.

Heng Hartse, J., & Kubota, R. (2014). Pluralizing English? Variation in high-stakes academic writing. Journal of Second Language Writing, 24, 71-82.

Kubota, R. (2013). "Language is only a tool": Japanese expatriates working in China and implications for language teaching. Multilingual Education. dpi:10.1186/2191-5059-3-4 Available from

Kubota, R., & Fujimoto, D. (2013). Racialized native-speakers: Voices of Japanese American English language professionals. In S. A. Houghton & D. J. Rivers (Eds.), The native-speaker English language teacher: From exclusion to inclusion (pp. 196-206). Multilingual Matters.

Kubota, R., & Sun, Y. (Eds.) (2012). Demystifying career paths after graduate school: A guide for second language professionals in higher education. Charlotte: NC: Information Age Publishing.

Kubota, R. (2012). Memories of war: Exploring Victim-Victimizer Perspectives in Critical CBI in Japanese. L2 Journal, 4, 37-57Available from

Kim, S. & Kubota, R. (Eds.) (2012). Special Topic Issue: Supporting nonnative-English-speaking instructors to maximize student learning in their courses. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.

Kubota, R. (2012). The politics of EIL: Toward border-crossing communication in and beyond English. In A. Matsuda (Ed.), Principles and practices of teaching English as an international language (pp.55-69)Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Kubota, R. (2011). School curriculum and assessment in Japan: Politics in foreign language education. In Y. Zhao et al. (Ed.), Handbook of Asian education: A cultural perspective (pp. 214-230)New York: Routledge.

Kubota, R. (2011). Questioning linguistic instrumentalism: English, neoliberalism, and language tests in Japan. Linguistics and Education, 22, 248-260doi:10.1016/j.linged.2011.02.002

Kubota, R. (2011). Learning a foreign language as leisure and consumption: Enjoyment, desire, and the business of eikaiwaInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 14, 473-488.

Kubota, R. (2010). Cross-cultural perspectives on writing: Contrastive rhetoric. In N. H. Hornberger & S. L. McKay (Eds.), Sociolinguistics and language education (pp. 265-289)Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Kubota, R. (2010). Critical multicultural education and second/foreign language teaching. In S. May & C. Sleeter (Eds.), Critical multiculturalism: From theory to practice (pp. 99-112). New York: Routledge.

Kubota, R. (2010). Critical approaches to theory in second language writing: A case of critical contrastive rhetoric. In T. Silva & P. K. Matsuda (Eds.), Practicing theory in second language writing (pp. 191-208). West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press.

Kubota, R., & McKay, S. (2009). Globalization and language learning in rural Japan: The role of English in the local linguistic ecology.TESOL Quarterly, 43, 593-619.

Kubota, R. (2009). Internationalization of universities: Paradoxes and responsibilities. The Modern Language Journal, 93, 612-616.

Kubota, R. (2009). Rethinking the Superiority of the Native Speaker: Toward a Relational Understanding of Power. In Neriko, M. Dorr (Ed.),"Native speakers” revisited: Multilingualism, standardization, and diversity in language education (pp. 233-247). Mouton de Gruyter.

Kubota, R., & Lin, A. (Eds.) (2009). Race, culture, and identity in second language education: Exploring critically engaged practice. New York: Routledge.

Kubota, R. (2009). Spiritual dimensions in language teaching: A personal reflection. In M. S. Wong & S. Canagarajah (Eds.), Christian and critical English language educators in dialogue: Pedagogical and ethical dilemmas (pp. 225-234). New York: Routledge.

Kubota, R. (2008). A critical glance at romance, gender, and language teaching. Essential Teacher, 5(3), 28-30.

Kubota, R. (2008). Critical approaches to teaching Japanese and culture. In J. Mori & A. S. Ohta (Eds.), Japanese applied linguistics: Discourse and social perspectives (pp. 327-352). Continuum.

Kubota, R., & Catlett, S. (2008). Spanish only for foreign language at the elementary school (FLES): Competing discourses in local language policy. Foreign Language Annals, 41, 102-118.

Shin, H., & Kubota, R. (2008). Postcolonialism and globalization in language education. In B. Spolsky & F. M. Hult (Eds.), The handbook of educational linguistics (pp. 206-219). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Kubota, R., & Austin, T. (2007). Critical approaches to world language education in the United States: An introduction. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 5 (2&3), 73-83.

Shi, L., & Kubota, R. (2007). Patterns of Rhetorical Organizations in Canadian and American Language Arts Textbooks: An Exploratory Study. English for Specific Purposes, 26(2), 180-202.

Kubota, R., & Lin, A. (2006). Race and TESOL: Concepts, research, and future directions. TESOL Quarterly, 40(3), 471-493.

Kubota, R., & Lehner, A. (2004). Toward critical contrastive rhetoric. Journal of Second Language Writing, 13, 7-27.

Kubota, R. (2004). Critical multiculturalism and second language education. In B. Norton & K. Toohey (Eds.), Critical pedagogies and language learning (pp. 30-52). Cambridge University Press.

Kubota, R. (2004). The Politics of cultural difference in second language education. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 1(1), 21-39.

Kubota, R. (2003). Unfinished knowledge: The story of Barbara. College ESL, 10(1 & 2), 11-21.

Kubota, R., Austin, T., & Saito-Abbot, Y. (2003). Diversity and inclusion of sociopolitical issues in foreign language classrooms: An exploratory survey. Foreign Language Annals, 36(1), 12-24.

Kubota, R. (2003). Critical teaching of Japanese culture. Japanese Language and Literature, 37, 67-87.

Kubota, R. (2003). New approaches to race, class, and gender in second language writing. Journal of Second Language Writing, 12(1), 31-47.

Kubota, R. (2001). Discursive construction of the images of U.S. classrooms. TESOL Quarterly, 35(1), 9-38.

Kubota, R (2001). Teaching World Englishes to native speakers of English: A pilot project in a high school class. World Englishes, 20(1), 47-64.

Kubota, R., Gardner, K., Patten, M., Thatcher-Fettig, C., & Yoshida, M. (2000). Mainstream peers try on English Language Learners' shoes: A shock language experience. TESOL Journal, 9 (4), 12-16.

Kubota, R., & Ward, L. (2000). Exploring linguistic diversity through World Englishes. English Journal, 89(6), 80-86.

Kubota, R. (1999). Japanese culture constructed by discourses: Implications for applied linguistic research and English language teaching.TESOL Quarterly, 33(1), 9-35.


Winter 09/10 - Term 2
LLED 565F - Special Course in Subject Matter Field: Culture and Politics in Second Language Education